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MELISSA SWEET | July 28, 2015 | CHRONIC DISEASES | |

Health reform: So much more than a taxing issue (just ask NZ)

Could Australian health reformers learn from the experience of efforts to integrate health and social care in Canterbury, New Zealand? These and other questions are raised below by Leanne Wells, CEO of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. ***   Leanne Wells writes: The prospect of higher taxes to meet future hospital costs has revived [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 28, 2015 | GLOBAL HEALTH | |

Physicians and public health experts issue last-ditch warnings against #TPP: “lives are at stake”

So here’s a question, or two. For months, we’ve been hearing many different experts and health organisations warning about the risks to health from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which Trade Minister Andrew Robb hopes might be finalised during talks in Hawaii this week. Q: Have any health ministers, in any jurisdiction, taken steps [...]

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FRONJACKSONWEBB | July 27, 2015 | HEALTH REFORM | |

ALP national conference: experts respond

Bill Shorten survived an internal push for a future Labor government to ban turning back asylum seeker boats at the ALP’s three-day national conference, which concluded in Melbourne on Sunday. The Conversation’s experts were watching the conference with an eye across key policy areas, including health. Health: Lesley Russell, Adjunct Associate Professor, Menzies Centre for [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 26, 2015 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | |

Now here’s a list worth reading: 187 reasons to support the @IndigenousX crowdfunding campaign

There are so many reasons that people working in the health sector should consider supporting the @IndigenousXLtd crowdfunding campaign, according to Dr Tim Senior, a GP who works in Aboriginal health. Check them out below – and have a listen to this recent ABC radio interview with Luke Pearson, the founder of the successful rotated [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 26, 2015 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | |

Federal Ministers urged to avert Aboriginal health tragedy in western Sydney

(Update, 27 July: A comment from the Federal Department of Health has been added at the bottom of this post Update, 28 July: An open letter from health academics at UTS has been added to this post) Doctors and academics are warning the Federal Government that the closure of the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 24, 2015 | #JUSTJUSTICE | |

Calling for justice reinvestment and safer communities: #JustJustice #ALPconf2015 #ChangeTheRecord

The need to address the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will feature at the ALP National Conference in Melbourne over the weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday), the National Justice Coalition and ANTaR will hold a panel discussion with leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts about a national approach to address incarceration rates and [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | July 24, 2015 | CLIMATE CHANGE | |

On the risks to health, environment that must be dealt with in the TransPacific Partnership Agreement

Counting down to next week’s ‘home stretch’, The Economist says the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) looms as the most important free-trade agreement in years. “If completed, it will be the largest regional trade deal ever, with its members accounting for nearly 40 per cent of the world economy.” It also poses significant risks for environment and [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | July 23, 2015 | CHRONIC DISEASES | |

Will #COAG calls for new focus on primary care, keeping people out of hospital mean reform goes beyond GST, Medicare levy hikes?

‘Frankly, if we can have a conversation rather than a scare campaign, our country will be so much better off,’ said Prime Minister Tony Abbott as the 40th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting wound up on Thursday. Chance would be a fine thing perhaps – particularly with lifting the rate of the GST and [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | July 23, 2015 | ASYLUM SEEKER HEALTH | |

Lifting the lid on Nauru and doctors concerns, as Labor moves towards asylum seeker ‘turnbacks’

Hopes for more humane asylum seeker policies in Australia took a blow last night with confirmation that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants this weekend’s Labor national conference to endorse turning back boats. Whether he prevails remains to be seen, but the move comes in a week where the Senate inquiry into the Nauru detention centre [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 22, 2015 | @WEPUBLICHEALTH | |

Check #WePublicHealth to join Twitter chat on overcoming communications barriers

This week, Bronwyn Hemsley, an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology and a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist at The University of Newcastle, is in the chair at @WePublicHealth. @bronwynhemsley  has a special interest in people who need or use augmentative and alternative communication aids and technologies, and who cannot rely on natural speech to communicate. Join her in [...]

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